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November 18th, 2010

A Day of Thanksgiving Video

About this day of Thanksgiving…

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that Thanksgiving would be the next-to-last Thursday of November rather than the last. With the country still in the midst of The Great Depression, Roosevelt thought this would give merchants a longer period to sell goods before Christmas. Increasing profits and spending during this period, Roosevelt hoped, would aid bringing the country out of the Depression. At the time, it was considered inappropriate to advertise goods for Christmas until after Thanksgiving.

However, Roosevelt’s declaration was not mandatory; twenty-three states went along with this recommendation, and 22 did not. Other states, like Texas, could not decide and took both weeks as government holidays. Roosevelt persisted in 1940 to celebrate his “Franksgiving,” as it was termed. The U.S. Congress in 1941 split the difference and established that the Thanksgiving would occur annually on the fourth Thursday of November, which was sometimes the last Thursday and sometimes the next to last. On November 26 that year President Roosevelt signed this bill into U.S. law.

Since 1947, or possibly earlier, the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with one live turkey and two dressed turkeys. The live turkey is pardoned and lives out the rest of its days on a peaceful farm. While it is commonly held that this tradition began with Harry Truman in 1947, the Truman Library has been unable to find any evidence for this. Still others claim that that the tradition dates back to Abraham Lincoln pardoning his son’s pet turkey. Both stories have been quoted in more recent presidential speeches.

In more recent years, two turkeys have been pardoned, in case the original turkey becomes unavailable for presidential pardoning. Since 2003 the public has been invited to vote for the two turkeys’ names and the event has been updated in recent years to include a bird-naming contest, with votes cast on the White House Web site.

Since 1970, a group of Native Americans and others have held a controversial National Day of Mourning protest on Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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November 23rd, 2009

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 1973

Table of contents for Thanksgiving Videos

  1. Popeye – Pilgrim Popeye (1951)
  2. Jerky Turkey (1945)
  3. A Day of Thanksgiving
  4. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 1973

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is the tenth prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network in 1973, and won an Emmy Award the following year.

The special opens with Lucy enticing Charlie Brown to kick the football she is holding. Charlie Brown at first refuses, correctly suspecting that Lucy will pull it away as always; but Lucy convinces him that kicking the football is a Thanksgiving tradition, and that being asked to do so is an honor. Charlie Brown decides that Lucy would never pull her trick on a national holiday, and ends up getting deceived and landing flat on his spine once again for the 4th time. His best friend Linus saved the ball.

Charlie Brown and Sally are preparing to go to their grandmother’s place for Thanksgiving dinner when Charlie Brown gets a phone call from Peppermint Patty, who invites herself over to Charlie Brown’s house for the holiday dinner. Two quick subsequent phone calls add Marcie and Franklin to the guest list, and since Charlie Brown cannot get a word in edgewise with Patty, he quickly finds himself in a quandary with no easy solution—at least not until Linus shows up.

Linus suggests to Charlie Brown that he could have two dinners: the first one for Patty and her friends, and then the second one at his grandmother’s home, forcing Charlie Brown to admit that all he knows how to make is “cold cereal and maybe toast.” Regardless, Linus recruits Snoopy and Woodstock to set up a ping-pong table and chairs in the backyard (setting the table has its own problems as Snoopy goes toe-to-toe with an uncooperative, folding deckchair that comes to life and tortures him). Snoopy and Woodstock set the table, then help Charlie Brown and Linus with the food. When the food is readied, Snoopy and a reluctant Woodstock go to Snoopy’s doghouse and dress in Pilgrim clothing. They return to the house with Snoopy holding a musket, which fires unexpectedly and causes Charlie Brown to lose his patience.

The guests arrive, and they all make their way to the backyard for the feast. Linus leads the group in prayer, and Snoopy serves up the food, throwing the plates to each guest Frisbee-style. Each person gets:

  • Two slices of buttered toast,
  • Some pretzel sticks,
  • A handful of popcorn, and
  • A few jelly beans.

At first Patty is shocked, but her shock quickly turns to outrage, and she angrily berates Charlie Brown for the “meal”. Embarrassed and dejected, Charlie Brown timidly leaves the table and goes back into the house. Patty’s tirade continues until Marcie gently reminds her that Charlie Brown did not invite her to dinner; she invited herself—along with Marcie and Franklin. Realizing Marcie is right, Patty comes to her senses and begs Marcie to go and apologize to Charlie Brown on her behalf. Marcie reluctantly does so, but Patty soon follows her and apologizes to Charlie Brown herself.

In the midst of the quasi-feast, Charlie Brown loses track of the time he and Sally are supposed to be at their grandmother’s home for dinner in half an hour. So he calls his grandmother to tell her that they are going to be a little late and to explain the situation—that he has friends over and none of them have eaten yet. But his grandmother suggests that he bring all his friends with him for Thanksgiving dinner; the idea is welcomed with cheers from everyone.

After Charlie Brown and the gang leave, Snoopy and Woodstock go to the doghouse and cook up their own traditional Thanksgiving meal complete with all the trimmings (they pull apart the wishbone, with Woodstock getting the bigger piece). Over the end credits the two friends each devour dessert—a large piece of pumpkin pie—and then sit back with contented smiles as Woodstock pats his full stomach. (Summary courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Part 1

 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Part II

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Part III

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Part IV

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November 22nd, 2009

A Day of Thanksgiving

Table of contents for Thanksgiving Videos

  1. Popeye – Pilgrim Popeye (1951)
  2. Jerky Turkey (1945)
  3. A Day of Thanksgiving
  4. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 1973

A Day of Thanksgiving With the Johnson Family

Vintage Thanksgiving Card

Vintage Thanksgiving Card

At Thanksgiving, the Johnson family is awaiting the dinner hour, but Mom and Dad have some bad news. Because of increased expenses that month, there’s no money to buy a turkey.

However, instead of feeling bad that they don’t have a turkey for Thanksgiving, the family begins to think about all the things they do have to be thankful for.

 

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November 12th, 2009

Jerky Turkey (1945)

Table of contents for Thanksgiving Videos

  1. Popeye – Pilgrim Popeye (1951)
  2. Jerky Turkey (1945)
  3. A Day of Thanksgiving
  4. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 1973
Vintage Thanksgiving Card

Vintage Thanksgiving Card

The Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock and found a colony. A very large number of Pilgrims can be seen standing in line… for their cigarette rations.

Then a Pilgrim goes hunting for Thanksgiving dinner. He meets a black market turkey, one who sounds very much like Jimmy Durante.  The turkey sells himself to the Pilgrim, but a chase ensues… and the turkey can deflect machine gun bullets when dressed as Superman.

After a series of chases, the two declare a truce and decide to eat together at Joe’s Diner.

 

 

 

 

Jerky Turkey (1945)


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November 5th, 2009

Popeye – Pilgrim Popeye (1951)

Table of contents for Thanksgiving Videos

  1. Popeye – Pilgrim Popeye (1951)
  2. Jerky Turkey (1945)
  3. A Day of Thanksgiving
  4. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 1973
Vintage Thanksgiving Card

Vintage Thanksgiving Card

Popeye’s been feeding a turkey in his backyard; it’s Thanksgiving day, and his three nephews are all set to turn the turkey into the main course. But Popeye can’t bring himself to do the deed, so he tells them a story about the time he was a pilgrim and a turkey saved his life.

Popeye is hunting the turkey, which keeps outsmarting him; he finally corners the bird, which gives him a sob story about being too scrawny to eat.

Popeye gives him some spinach, but before the bird can eat it, Popeye is captured by Indians. They tie him to a stake. The turkey, watching, remembers the spinach, which turns the turkey into an eagle. He swoops down, carries off the first batch of Indians and throws them into a mountain; he turns another batch into a totem pole.

Popeye finishes his story and sees the boys missing; dinner time! They prepare to serve the turkey his big plate of spinach.

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